University of Derby

Geography and Environmental Hazards University of Derby Degree level: Undergraduate


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Never far from the headlines, disasters like tsunami, earthquakes, drought and flooding carry a huge environmental and human cost. This dynamic new degree brings together the study of Geography and Environmental Hazards to equip you with skills and knowledge which will set you apart in an increasingly important field.


  • RANKINGS: Geography at Derby is joint fifth in the UK for careers after six months of graduating, Guardian University Guide 2020.

  • ADDRESS GLOBAL ISSUES: This innovative degree has been introduced at a time when a greater understanding of environmental hazards is critical to our collective global future. You'll look at these hazards from the perspective of both physical and human geography.

  • FIELDTRIPS: Vital for your career development, fieldwork is at the heart of this course. Locally, you will look at energy management on industrial sites and explore nature reserves. Overseas, you could visit areas of active natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, floods and drought - our students have investigated the impact of extreme floods and sea-level change in Crete.

  • INCLUDED IN YOUR FEES: All-day trips and residential field trips in prescribed and core modules, including two international trips; previous destinations have included Crete and NW USA.

  • TAILORED TO YOU: Our extensive range of optional modules allows you to tailor the course to meet your career ambitions.

  • FACILITIES: You'll have access to our spatial data laboratory – which houses an exceptional collection of maps, drone technology to view landscape data, a geotechnical, sedimentology and specialist computing laboratories.

  • PRIME LOCATION: We’re just a stone’s throw away from the Peak District National Park, with its gritstone escarpments and limestone dales - we go on many excursions to help you read and interpret the landscape, investigate geomorphological concepts and undertake GPS data collection.

  • EXPERT TEACHING: Learn from enthusiastic and dedicated staff who are conducting their own research into environmental and climate change. We also invite practitioners from a wide range of fields to deliver guest lectures.


  • In your first year, we will introduce you to human geography, current environmental issues and hazards. Your second year covers topics such as career preparation, research methods and Mediterranean environments. In your final year you will develop a sound understanding of the nature and causes of climate change and conduct your own research.


  • We use a diverse range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, field and laboratory notebooks, portfolios, posters, infographics, oral presentations, vivas and written exams (seen and unseen). You may be assessed individually or as part of a group.


  • There are now a growing number of roles which involve planning for, mitigating and managing natural hazards as well as helping to reduce the impact of climate change, pollution and population pressure. You’ll also have the wide-ranging transferable skills, vision and self-reliance which will make you well suited to any organisation where environmental awareness and broad scientific knowledge are valued.


  • This course is available with a Foundation Year option.

  • This course is available with an Industrial Placement Year.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code 3GGN
Institution code D39
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications.  We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
M: 24 credits
P: 6 credits
Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Must include passes in compulsory L3 subjects
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

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